Cast Blog: #RHOA

NeNe's Sweet on Kandi - Ep 8

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor hopes that Kandi and NeNe's new friendship leads to a musical collaboration.

The final installment of the Anguilla trip has proved to be miraculous -- NeNe rode a horse, Kandi finally had a breakthrough with NeNe, and Walter somehow didn't propose to Kenya, despite her persistent inquiries. I suppose in the spirit of Christmas, the Anguilla trip has turned into the gift that keeps on giving.

No. 3 - No Horseplay

Given NeNe's distaste for danger (I think she nearly passed out when Kenya put the pedal to the metal on that speedboat), it wasn't exactly shocking that NeNe's not a natural equestrienne, unlike Phaedra.

After Gregg helps hoist her up onto her noble steed, NeNe holds onto its neck for deal life as it moves at an incredibly slow trot while the handler holds the reins. And with that she jumps down and thirstily seizes a cocktail from one of the waiters who handily happens to have a tray full of daquiris. Horses may not be her thing, but NeNe does know her way around a cocktail.

No. 2 - Kenya Get Me a Ring?

Evidently not. After one of the more awkward dinners in Housewives history, where everyone except Kenya seems to be aware that Walter has no intention of proposing to Kenya, Kenya has a talk with Walter, which ends up being even more awkward than the dinner. Evidently Walter saying "anything can happen in three days" led Kenya to believe he was definitely proposing to her. And even if Walter was considering, Kenya's constant pressuring only helped to dissuade him.

So after this revelation, Kenya storms off into the Anguilla woods to go sulk alone in the dark. At which point, Phaedra realizes maybe someone should go get her so she's not sitting out alone in a strange country by herself, so off she trots to her rescue. As Kenya tearfully explains the situation, Phaedra opens up her patented "everybody knows" playbook to share some wisdom about marriage: "Everybody knows the only person looking for a husband is somebody that ain't never had one, honey, because it's more work than what you think it is." Amen!
No. 1 - NeNe's New Sweet Tooth

I don't know about you, but I never did really get why Kandi and NeNe have never gotten along. There's seemingly never been a solid reason for they can't be friends. But all they needed was a little Anguilla magic evidently, because they've finally thawed their icy friendship. I'm guessing it was NeNe's dramatic reenactment of Kenya and Porsha's fight that really warmed Kandi up to the idea of friendship.

Let's just hope this is only the beginning of a beautiful new friendship, because I think there could be some fun times had between them. Especially because it might actually lead to NeNe's song 'Excuses' actually being produced.
Next week it looks like there might be some trouble in paradise for Phaedra and Apollo.

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Claudia: I Felt Good About the Reunion

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on NeNe Leakes' breakdown and the reunion as a whole.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when NeNe walked off?
Claudia Jordan: Well the reunion was quite an experience. When NeNe walked off, initially I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest. But I did notice she seemed to be trembling, so I knew she was definitely feeling something very real to her. I just didn't know what set her off at that point. So at first I was a little taken back. I had never seen her cry, but we are all human and everyone has their breaking point.

Bravotv.com: Do you think NeNe had a real breakthrough?
CJ: I honestly did think at that moment she really did. Her demeanor was different afterwards. And I even heard from her after the show. That to me was a good sign that perhaps we could all really move forward and start fresh. I know I'm always open to squash some beef, especially if it's nothing deep rooted and something surface. I don't see why not. But like I said on the show, we all have a story and things that we have had to deal with and overcome. I think we need to not think our problems are bigger than the next woman's and respect one another's struggles -- whether we think they are major or minor. One woman's problems are not more important than the rest. And I think if we can all learn to be sensitive to the next woman, then we are on our way. Hopefully that moment was the catalyst for change in NeNe and in others as well.

Bravotv.com: Do you feel like everyone ended the reunion in a better place?
CJ: I'd like to think so. I do think some will probably never be open for change and are just stuck in their own way, while others really took advantage of the opportunity to take something from it all. I'm not going to worry about those that do not wish to grow and move forward. I will just focus and give energy to likeminded individuals that want to get along, move forward, grow, learn, and progress. I know I felt good about the reunion. I know I didn't chime in a whole lot. And I think I had good reason. You don’t get to see everything, but I felt it was important to let the people who had real issues with each other hash it out with no outside opinions, just like I said in the Philippines. When people interject their opinions and thoughts when it’s not their issue, it just adds confusion to the situation. One of the cast members in particular is good for that. Always adding "well I think..." when it has absolutely nothing to do with her, and I feel those extra unnecessary comments can potentially add fuel to the fire and then there is no coming back. So if my silence was going to help the progress of the group moving forward, then I will take that "L."

Yes, it's "cute" to "read" and get in an epic one liner or rant, but sometimes you just need to shut the hell up and let folks deal with each other and let them do them. I have no problems with that. Plus my opinion on everyone’s situation doesn't need to always be heard -- I wish more of us felt the same way. I will say that this seemed to be a great starting point for folks to move forward and put their money where their mouths are when it comes to being a grown ass woman. I really hope everyone wants to. It'd be great to see how things could go if we spent less time fussing and more time co-existing peacefully. #ThatIsAll

 

As the season has come to an end for me, I just wanted to say wow! What a roller coaster ride it has been! I had no idea getting into this that any of it would happen. I thought I'd come on board, have a little fun, bring a little light-hearted fun, and make some new acquaintances. This show is huge and everywhere I go people come up to me and say such amazingly sweet things, and I am truly humbled when they tell me how they can relate to me and appreciate my realness. I was particularly touched when a teenage boy who was gay and biracial that had always felt like an outsider reached out to me talking about suicidal thoughts he had. We spoke and I was beyond moved when he told me that he could relate to some of the things I spoke about and that I somehow inspired and encouraged him to keep going. Those are the moments that make all the drama and fussing and fighting truly worth it. I want to continue to use this amazing platform for important issues. Again I thank Andy, Carlos, Joy, Lauren, Stephen, the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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